PWA Tips of the Week
The perfect goiter is spectacular to watch and it certainly scores highly with the judges when performed well. This season we witnessed a number of sailors edging ahead of their opponents with their well-timed goiters.
This week we asked the wave fleet for their number one tip when it came to learning goiters and landing them back inside the wave.
Phil Horrocks (Tabou / Gaastra)
Goiters, most of it is in the beginning of the move, I like to be going quick, take a shallow bottom turn and head along a curling lip, as the wave throws you take that power into the move and use it help project the board towards the beach, that way you are most likely to land back on the wave and not out the back. After that it's all about getting over the sail, trying to keep it out of the water and fairly close to your body as you go over the top, keep it clean for extra style points!
Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde)
The best thing is to bring the front hand towards your waist and following behind you back. Front hand close to the body and back hand very open to get the rotation.
Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
Go as fast as possible. Hit the lip late and start the rotation as you hit the lip, not after you take off.
Kai Lenny (Naish / MFC)
The trick to pulling goiters is as you approach the lip of the wave do a committed mid face bottom turn into a nice section. Once hitting the section look where you want to go and always keep your eyes on the landing.
Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra)
1. Speed: to keep your maximum speed during your bottom turn, really go down the line and keep your board flat by putting your weight right on top on your board.
2. Angle: as long as you learn, you really have to focus on hitting the wave with a lot of horizontal speed; this means you should not go vertical when throwing a goiter, or you will land at the back of the wave. Also, a soft and small wave will be better to learn, as it will be easier to hit the white water.
3. The move itself: you can practice goiters on flat water to improve your skills and learn how to rotate fast and horizontal enough, and then apply this in the wave.